PAINTING IN 58 NATIONAL PARKS IN 58 MONTHS
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
Get out of the car and walk into the landscape.
This seems obvious, but the effect of doing just that has been profound. After spending thousands of miles viewing the landscape from an automobile, this idea, to get out of the car, to walk into and be in the landscape - to see it, hear it, feel it and know it - is at the heart of my work as an artist. I seek a direct relationship with the landscape through painting it.
In February of 2010, in Saguaro National Park, I began this painting project, and by December of 2014, 58 months later, I hope to reach my goal. As of mid-July 2013 I have painted in 20 parks and expect to reach 33 by the end of the year. Since I began the project, a 59th National Park, Pinnacles in California, has been added.
I invite you to follow this project here on www.58in58.com. I have posted an updated schedule of my painting trips, images of paintings, and have added journal entries of news and notes from this adventure. I invite anyone who would like, to join me for a day or for a week, to camp, hike, write, paint along side me. The experience will be made richer by your companionship and commentary, and I look forward to staying in touch with you a long the way.
How to paint the landscape: First you make your bow to the landscape. Then you wait, and if the landscape bows to you, then, and only then, can you paint the landscape.
Hope to see you out there!
Rainier, July 2013
"Staircase-1, Olympic National Park" 42 x 48" oil on panel